A working life

Carol Baker/Courier Marion Aiken, the son of Claude and Frances Aiken, was born June 9, 1935, at Six Mile Hospital. More »

Taxpayers group supports action on county jail

Administrator signs contract with architecture firm By Jason Evans Staff Reporter PICKENS — Setting aside funding This article is More »

Wilson is new county administrator

Rocky Nimmons/Courier After more than two decades of service to Pickens County, public works director Gerald Wilson was hired as More »

Pickens is home now

Joyce Ann May was born and raised in New Haven, Conn. She graduated from Colchester High School and attended Manchester More »

Little League World Series to return

For one week each year, Easley becomes the baseball capital of the world. For the 15th year, Easley will be More »

Bee Well Honey’s buzz earns it monthly chamber honors

Pickens Chamber of Commerce director Kim Smagala presents the member of the month banner to Jacqueline Gamble, Donna Owen, Charlotte More »


Racking up miles

Norma Bagwell of Pickens hit a milestone recently, as she completed 2,100 miles riding on the Doodle Trail since it opened last year. Bagwell rides about four days a week with her husband, Mickey. Mickey has managed nearly 2,500 miles along the trail. The couple almost stopped riding before the trail was built

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Courier Trespass Notices 7-27-16

In the state of South Carolina, trespass after notice is a misdemeanor criminal offense prohibited by section 16-11-620 for the South Carolina Code.

Those who enter upon the lands of others without the permission of the owner or manager shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor trespassing. All persons are hereby notified and warned not to hunt, fish, cut timber or trespass in any manner whatsoever upon the lands of the undersigned:

Celery is a key ingredient

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

Celery is a vegetable that is overlooked and often taken for granted. We’re used

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Registration open for fall soccer, volleyball

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department is now taking registrations for its fall soccer and volleyball seasons.

Soccer registration will be open through July 22 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Age divisions offered for soccer are

A working life

Know your neighbor
Carol Baker/Courier

Marion Aiken, the son of Claude and Frances Aiken, was born June 9, 1935, at Six Mile Hospital. The hospital was established by Dr. David E. Peek. It was the only hospital in Pickens County at that time.

align="LEFT">Aiken grew up in the Bethlehem area of Pickens and attended Bethlehem Grammar School. He did not get to graduate high school, because he had to help work on the 52-acre farm his parents owned. He said they raised cows, hogs and chickens and grew most of the vegetables they ate. They used mules to plow their corn and cotton crops.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955. He served for four years, mostly on the east coast and in the Mediterranean Sea on the ship USS Dashiell.

While on a furlough in 1958, he married his sweetheart, Evelyn Hester. They have been married for 58 years. They have two daughters, Sandra and Pamela, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

When Aiken was discharged from the navy, he attended Greenville Tech and received his high school diploma.

aikenA U.S. Navy veteran, Pickens County native Marion Aiken is enjoying retirement now after decades of work in repairing machinery and maintenance.

Aiken is very gifted in repairing machinery, which he learned a lot about when he worked at his first job in the machine shop at Saco Lowell in Easley. He worked there for three years. When he left there, he went to work at the Deal plant in Pickens and worked as a machinist for four years.

In 1970, Aiken started working at the Sir Shirtmaker plant in Easley. While working there, one of his friends who worked at the Swirl plant convinced him to go work there with him. He did, and in 1980 he started working at Swirl, servicing and repairing the sewing machines. He made sure all the motors were kept in good working order. He said he enjoyed working there more than any place he had worked before, and he remained there until the plant went out of business in 1992.

After Swirl closed, Aiken went to work in the maintenance department of Easley Living Center, the nursing home across from Baptist Easley Hospital. He worked there part-time for 13 years.

He and his wife visit the Pickens Senior Center every weekday. Aiken likes to shoot pool with his friends there, and Evelyn enjoys visiting with her friends and three of her brothers, who also go to the center.

Aiken said now that he is retired he has time to do gardening and yard work, two of the things he enjoys most. He also likes to go hunting and fishing.

Easley resident Carol Baker highlights interesting local residents and helps us get to know more about the fascinating people who call Pickens County home. If you have someone somewhere who you think people should know about, contact us at



County museum in need of repairs

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is in need of some costly repairs.

Interim county administrator Tom Hendricks briefed council about

Taxpayers group supports action on county jail

Administrator signs contract with architecture firm

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Setting aside funding

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